It’s what’s on the inside that counts. This was drilled into our prepubescent brains and, yet, how quickly we forget. I bring this up because, when you first see the Chinese Village in Portland, Oregon it doesn’t look like much. The building is old and housed in ugly yellow brick. Cracked windows and a weathered roof tell you one thing: This place has been here awhile.
But, it’s what’s inside that counts and what’s inside is, in addition to some of the tastiest Chinese food in all of East Portland, is an up and coming karaoke bar hosted by husband and wife KJ team White Chocolate and Mrs. Chocolate.
For those who don’t know, karaoke is more than a hobby. For many, it’s a subculture, a creative outlet. And, in Portland, it’s another way that we stay weird.
White Chocolate and Mrs. Chocolate do their part. Not only are they consummate hosts and entertainers, they run an efficient program, full of smiles, dancing, laughs and encouragement. Inside the wood paneled walls on the small wooden stage, you can come alive in a safe environment. Karaoke isn’t scary. People who karaoke are chill and just want to have fun. Here, you remember that it is what is on the inside that counts. That’s the highlight and the message here.
And, with $2 well drinks for men on Tuesdays, it’s a pretty cheap night out.
But, of course, this is Portland and art for the sake of art is not enough. Nope. White and Mrs. Chocolate want to better their community. They, literally put their money where their mouth is by donating one hundred percent of their tips to the Oregon Humane Society.
It really doesn’t get any better than that. Even if karaoke is not your thing, you can still make your way out to Chinese Village on Tuesdays and Fridays and enjoy some tasty crab puffs, sweet and sour chicken, or even a tasty burger, enjoy some heavy handed drinks and watch others dance, sing, and laugh. Drop a couple of bucks in the tip jar and know that your money is going to help sick and homeless animals throughout our community.
The Chinese Village. You may not have heard of it, but it’s a happening place and it certainly should be on your radar, karaoker or not.
Chinese Village is located at 520 SE 82nd Ave in Portland, Oregon. Karaoke runs from 9-1 every Tuesdsay and Friday. Come by and say hello. White and Mrs. Chocolate are eager to meet you.